Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CB69; Short form: BSc/SC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?



The BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning degree at UCLan allows students to gain both theoretical knowledge and practitioner skills and apply them in a real world setting. Students will be given the opportunity to assist with performance testing of professional teams in order to gain invaluable experience of working within high performance sport.

Students will be taught by staff who coach at the elite level and who also undertake contemporary research at the highest level in the field of strength & conditioning. The skills and experience gained from these two crucial areas is used to create a relevant, practical and contemporary learning environment.

Students will graduate from the course with the knowledge and practical coaching competency to begin an exciting career as a Strength & Conditioning coach.



Entry Requirements

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate 28 - 30P
GCSE 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Applications are welcomed from mature and industry-based individuals.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 1
  • Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Training Theory
  • Functional Anatomy

Year 2

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 2
  • Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • High Intensity Training and Conditioning
  • Common Sports Injuries and Prevention

Year 3/4

  • Research Project
  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 3
  • Advanced Movement Analysis in Strength and Conditioning
  • Training Prescription for the Elite Athlete



Further Information

The BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning programme will enable you to take advantage of the growth in the cutting edge development of human performance and provide you with the necessary skills needed to work in this field. You'll develop practical skills underpinned by scientific knowledge - essential for strength & conditioning professionals and applied sports scientists. Students will thus be able to design and deliver effective strength and conditioning programmes to a range of individuals. 

Work experience is incorporated into the course in the form of consultancy-based projects. The course team's strong link within the industry mean that you will gain invaluable contacts while on the course, and allows you to gain experience of working with high performance athletes.

Learning outcomes are aligned with the guidelines issued by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) - accreditation with whom is practically a prerequisite to work in this field- and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA). This course will prepare you for accreditation.

You will undertake a foundation year consisting of key underpinning knowledge and skills, such as, functional anatomy and physiology, and biomechanics, while maintaining strength and conditioning emphasis. You will then progress on to specific strength and conditioning based modules including practice-based opportunities in each of these years.

Content includes: Programme design; Neuromuscular control; Functional Anatomy; Applied strength and conditioning; Exercise and health; Research methods; Biomechanics and movement analysis; Psychology; and Lab time.

On the course, you will develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, in the purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and by visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.


A rewarding career awaits - you could find yourself working in sports performance or with high performance athletes, or working in the NHS or for local authorities. Graduates can also go on to a career as a consultant or working for governing bodies, and social work and health and fitness clubs are also options. Many of our graduates are now undertaking coaching roles in strength and conditioning, such as, Strength and Conditioning Coach for a sports club, Freelance Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as Health settings, including in the medical field. If you'd like to continue your education, you can go on to our related Masters programmes, such as, MSc Strength and Conditioning (subject to validation), MSc Sports and Exercise Biomechanics or MSc Sports and Exercise Physiology, and research opportunities via MPhil.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Our strong links with industry and the sports profession - including Preston North End, Blackpool FCC, Burnley FCC, Wigan Warriors - mean you can gain experience of working with high performance athletes while developing your own invaluable network of contacts.

You'll also enjoy student membership of BASES (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences), allowing you to build your academic and research expertise while on the course - and beyond, as membership transforms to professional upon graduation.

Professional Accreditation

The course will prepare graduates for UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation. UKSCA is the UK body for strength and conditioning courses; the level of professional recognition in this field has seen accreditation with UKSCA rise to practically a prerequisite to work within this field.

Students will also get the opportunity to take additional relevant qualifications such as British Weightlifting Coaching Award, and coaching badges for a number of sports.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of different ways. These include key note lectures, use of case study material, seminars and practical sessions, and problem-based learning. The degree utilises a variety of assessment strategies, including case studies, presentations, assignments, practical vivas and a project. Students will also develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.

Teaching staff on the Strength and Conditioning course are not only academic but are active in research and coaching in the field of high performance sports. The majority are still in professional practice. The course is led by Chris Edmundson.


The course will make use of some of the outstanding facilities at the University, including the biomechanics and physiology labs, and the multi-million pound UCLan Sports Arena (USA). The latter houses a purpose built strength and conditioning facility, which has received a significant investment in equipment.

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